City of Encinitas Housing Authority
505 South Vulcan Avenue
Encinitas, San Diego County, CA


Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

The City of Encinitas Housing Authority (CEHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

To apply, download and print the online application. Once the application has been completed, mail it to 505 South Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024.

If an applicant is added to the waiting list, they will be notified by mail.

The CEHA estimates the waiting time to receive a voucher is about seven years or more.

Please note: The first page of the application says, "If you do not live/work in Encinitas, then we anticipate that your name WILL NOT be reached on our waiting list. If you live outside of our area, it is suggested that you contact the housing authority that covers the area in which you live."

Some housing authorities use this wording to dissuade non-local applicants of applying. The CEHA cannot deny your application simply if you are a non-local applicant. Prospective applicants may apply to any open Section 8 waiting list in the country.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The City of Encinitas Housing Authority administers a Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority administers 136 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, City of Encinitas Housing Authority is designated as Small, meaning it administers 50 - 249 Section 8 vouchers.

City of Encinitas Housing Authority is among the 50% of California housing authorities that only offer Section 8 voucher assistance. If there are any public housing units available in the target area, those units are administered by another housing authority.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, City of Encinitas Housing Authority scored an average of 89 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 96 in 2008 and a low score of 83 in 2002. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in California is 75.30.

City of Encinitas Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average California housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for City of Encinitas Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2010 6/29/10 Plan
2009 5/15/08 Plan
2008 5/15/08 Plan
2007 6/19/07 Plan
2006 8/11/06 Plan
2004 5/26/04 Plan
2003 7/29/03 Plan
2002 7/1/02 Plan
2001 6/22/01 Plan
2000 6/30/00 Plan